Rodney Rogers has been a well recognized thought leader and successful entrepreneur in the Information Technology Services industry for over 25 years. Rodney was formerly the co-founder, Chairman and CEO of Adjoined Consulting. Adjoined was known as the fastest growing U.S.-based IT Services company from its inception through its acquisition by Kanbay (NASDQ: KBAY) in 2006.
Rodney then became COO of Kanbay, a 7,000 person global IT Services firm which was subsequently acquired by Capgemini (Paris: CAP) in 2007. As such, Adjoined set the bar for private U.S-based IT Services value creation in the post-2000 era. Rodney was recognized on Kennedy Research's global list of "Top 25 Most Influential Consultants" and was a finalist for the Ernst & Young "Entrepreneur of the Year" award along with Adjoined being recognized on the PWC/Entrepreneur U.S. "Hot 100" list (ranked #9 across all industries) prior to its sale.
Rodney then co-founded Virtustream in 2008 and is Chairman and CEO. Virtustream's xStream platform is the first true consumption-based hybrid Cloud provisioning platform capable of providing guaranteed computing resources suitable for supporting mission-critical enterprise class application workloads. Virtustream complements its xStream platform with Cloud advisory/integration services and application managed services.
As a lead-operator and entrepreneur, Rodney has raised over $200 million in venture capital for the companies that he has developed to-date. Rodney is a Board Member of UnitedLex, a leading India-based Knowledge Process Outsourcer and Greensmith, an emerging leader in distributed energy storage software technology. Rodney is also an early-stage investor in technology growth companies such as Cloud Sherpas, BetterCloud, iYogi, and others.
Kevin Reid is the Co-Founder, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Technology Officer of Virtustream, Inc., an Intel and Columbia Capital backed firm committed to helping clients actualize the enterprise class Cloud by providing strategy, integration and managed services leveraging xStream, Virtustream's unique Cloud computing platform. Since its inception in 2009, Kevin and the company have received recognition including the AlwaysOn "On Demand Top 100", "East Top 100 Private Companies" awards and the "2010 Minority Business Leader" award from the Washington Business Journal.
Kevin was formerly the Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Adjoined Consulting, a US based management consulting, technology and outsourcing firm targeting the global 2000 market. Adjoined was known as the fastest growing U.S.-based IT Services from its inception through its acquisition by Kanbay (NASDQ: KBAY) in 2006. Kevin then became the Global Practice lead for the Business Intelligence Practice of Kanbay which was subsequently acquired by Capgemini (Paris: CAP) in 2007. Kevin continued on with Capgemini as the North American practice leader for Business Intelligence and Enterprise Architecture.
Prior to Adjoined Kevin was CIO for a privately held corporation and the largest producer and distributor of sweeteners in the United States. Before that he was with Accenture's Consumer Products Industry Practice.
In addition, Kevin is President of Blue Lagoon Advisors, LLC, a private U.S-based executive advisory and private equity firm and Chairman of the Board for Greensmith Energy Management Systems, LLC, an emerging leader in distributed energy storage technology.
Frank Vella is accomplished business leader with nearly 25 years of experience working with global technology companies. In his role as Chief Operating Officer for Virtustream, Frank oversees the daily business operations of the firm and is responsible for managing Virtustream's global business objectives.
Frank joins Virtustream from Quest Software, where he most recently served as global vice president of Sales, Identity and Windows Management. He was responsible for the global go-to-market direction of Quest's Identity Management, Active Directory, Exchange and SharePoint offerings, which included acquisition planning and integration, sales structure and compensation. He also previously oversaw the company's EMEA operations as vice president for Quest's Central Europe, Scandinavia, France, Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg regions.
Frank spent ten years with Microsoft, serving as managing director/general manager of the Financial Services Group where he organized sales, services and industry solutions teams with specialty focus on capital markets, banking and insurance clients. For Microsoft, Vella forged a new path into the financial services industry. He successfully established a significant market presence, displacing some long-standing competitors, and met aggressive growth benchmarks during his tenure.
Frank is a graduate of the University of Toronto, where he earned an Honors Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and political science. He also completed various business management courses at the GE Croutonberg School of Management, and completed Microsoft "Bench" Training, a leadership management series for high potential executives.
Frank has served on various boards, both non-profit and industry related and is currently a board member of NFTE, Manhattan Chapter - "National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship".
Mike Provenzano is the Chief Financial Officer of Virtustream with global responsibility for the accounting, finance, corporate development, legal and internal IT functions of the company.
Prior to joining Virtustream, Mike was the Executive Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer at Aspect Software. With more than 20 years of software and high-tech experience, he had principal responsibility for Finance, Operations and Human Resources. In this role, Mike provided strategic financial direction for the company and oversaw all accounting, financial planning, budgeting, treasury, facilities and risk management activities. He also played an instrumental role in the company's corporate strategy including its mergers and acquisitions activities. Under Mike's direction, Aspect Software successfully merged with or acquired 12 companies with purchase price consideration of more than $1.3 Billion. Mike also led the financing of more than $3 Billion through various credit facilities including revolving lines of credit, bank term loans and high yield bonds with 144A Registration Rights.
Mike joined Aspect Software in 1999 as Corporate Controller. Prior to Aspect Software, he acquired a strong finance and accounting background at Arthur Andersen LLP as an experienced audit manager in the High Technology practice.
In 2009 he was announced as Boston Business Journal CFO of the Year Honoree for large privately held companies. In 2005 was also named a "40 Under 40" business leader to watch in the Greater Boston region by the Boston Business Journal. Mike is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants. He graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration from Merrimack College in North Andover, Massachusetts.
Van Williams is an innovative technology leader with over 25 years of experience in a broad range of technologies. He is focused on getting results in complex product development environments, developing strong talent and transforming businesses.
Van joins Virtustream from FleetCor, where he served as the Global CIO over product development and infrastructure services. Under his guidance, FleetCor was able to successfully launch a new strategic platform in multiple countries, complete numerous acquisitions, and make significant improvements in security and quality.
Prior to his tenure at FleetCor he held numerous technology leadership roles with CheckFree and Fiserv, including CTO and CIO for the eCommerce Division. Over a span of 22 years, he helped shape the entire online bill payment industry in the U.S. and was at the heart of every major product innovation effort leading the application development of their award winning products and services.
Simon Aspinall is the President of Virtustream’s Service Provider Business. In his role, Simon runs Virtustream’s global business with service providers and manages Virtustream’s business outside the US.
Simon has built a significant business worldwide for Virtustream with service providers, governments and enterprises. His activities have helped to drive Virtustream’s expansion of its xStream software business, enterprise-class IAAS services and cloud managed services. As Virtustream enters new markets and geographies outside the US, Simon’s role is to rapidly develop these new sectors and grow Virtustream’s business through both Virtustream’s direct sales team and partners. For the Cloud Service Provider business, it is Simon’s role to maximize Virtustream’s growth and profitability worldwide with leading service providers and channel partners, and also leading and managing Virtustream’s businesses outside the US. Previously Simon has also been responsible for Virtustream’s Strategy and run Virtustream’s vertical markets business.
Previously Simon has spent more than a decade at Cisco Systems—a cloud innovator and worldwide leader in networking—Simon brought extensive high tech strategy, sales, and business development experience to Virtustream. He led Cisco’s Global Marketing for Cloud, Mobility, and Data Center (SP) businesses, where he created, developed, and executed marketing strategies and campaigns to help each business grow to over a billion dollars in revenue. During his time at Cisco, he also held senior leadership roles in business development, technology and sales teams in Europe, the U.S., and Asia.
Before Cisco, Simon was the founder and director of an Internet incubator, Kickstart Ventures, with operations in five countries. Simon had also spent eight years at Mercer Management Consulting where he focused on business strategy to Enterprises and Telecoms Operators worldwide.
Simon holds a master’s degree in engineering and computer science from Oxford University, and a master’s degree in business administration from INSEAD. He is a frequent speaker at industry events and a commentator on the IT, telecom, and networking sectors.
Kevin Dattolico is an accomplished sales leader responsible for Virtustream's IaaS sales. Kevin has over 15 years of expertise in IT infrastructure sales, a deep background in cloud solutions for both enterprise and webscale clients, and extensive experience developing market-focused strategic plans that deliver measurable business growth.
Kevin joined Virtustream from VMware, where he had responsibility for the Eastern United States and Canadian sales teams for VMware's cloud application platform business. Kevin consistently delivered above plan in both gross revenue and new sales for the company.
Prior to VMware, Kevin was with Novell Corporation for 14 years where he held a variety of senior level positions. As Director of Sales, Kevin was responsible for sales execution including all products, customers, and channels for Strategic Growth in Novell's Data Center Solutions in the Americas Market. As Director of the Systems Management Business Unit, he was responsible for creating and managing specialized team focused on delivering Novell's System and Resource Management products.
While with Novell, Kevin lead the integration of the sales functions of two acquired companies, PlateSpin and Managed Objects, growing their revenue year over year and maintaining their existing customer base. He also led a $30M partnership with Affiliated Computer Systems (ACS) that positioned Novell and their cloud-based products as a market leading brand.
Kevin graduated from Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY, with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Marketing.
Eric Stine hails from one of the biggest names in the software industry and brings a proven track record of leadership and success to Virtustream. As EVP and CSO, Americas Software, Eric and his team focus on driving software sales, generating market demand and expanding Virtustream’s routes to market.
Prior to joining Virtustream, Eric served as Senior Vice President & General Manager of Financial Services for SAP America, where he led a team of more than 100 sales, pre-sales and marketing professionals in what became one of SAP's highest growth vertical markets. Earlier in his career at SAP, he held a number of roles, including leading building and overseeing its national Higher Education business, leading one of its regional Retail sales organizations, and growing SAP’s business with largest players in the Federal, Defense and Aerospace sectors. Eric also previously led worldwide sales for Exeter Group, a boutique IT strategy and consulting firm, and served as Senior Vice President of Strategic Accounts at Blackboard, where he built a division focused on large, complex engagements.
A former lawyer and lobbyist, Eric holds a B.A. and M.A. from Northwestern University and a J.D. from Boston University School of Law.
Kaus Phaltankar, is a Subject Matter Expert in Cyber Security, Information Assurance and Regulatory Compliance. He brings more than 15 years of internet, network engineering, as well as operations experience from leading corporations including Hewlett Packard, MCI and Citicorp.
Kaus has been a pioneer in developing innovative technologies to meet challenges related to security and compliance requirements of commercial and federal enterprises. He has implemented network and security solutions for Department of Defense as well as Fortune 100 clients, globally.
Prior to Virtustream, Kaus was founder and CTO at ViewTrust Technology, Inc. Kaus was instrumental in envisioning and developing key technologies behind the range of products offered by ViewTrust to the commercial and Federal marketplace. At ViewTrust, Kaus developed and implemented solutions for Regulatory Compliance and Risk Management. He also developed innovative solutions to achieve Compliance Automation and Continuous Risk Management, at leading commercial and DoD agencies.
Prior to founding ViewTrust Technology, Kaus was founder and CEO of NetPlexus Corporation, a global Managed Security Service provider with Fortune 500 Customers in Americas, Europe and Asia.
Kaus holds Masters in Telecommunications and Computer Science from The George Washington University, Washington DC; is a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) and Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).
As EVP of Corporate Communications and Marketing, Lisa Desmond is charged with supporting Virtustream's revenue objectives by aligning marketing and sales initiatives, defining and implementing Virtustream's brand strategy, and directing media and analyst relations activities and partner channel efforts.
She has more than twenty years of leadership experience in marketing and communications with over half of those years focused on the Information Technology Services industry. Lisa came to Virtustream from Capgemini where she was the Director of Marketing and Communications for the Financial Services Strategic Global Unit (FSGBU). Prior to Capgemini, Lisa was the Director of Marketing and Corporate Communications for Kanbay and, before that, Marketing Director for Adjoined Consulting, Inc., a management consulting, technology and outsourcing firm. Lisa started her career as founder and President of Business Graphics, Inc., a graphics firm specializing in corporate communications and marketing.
Carolyn Linthicum is the Global Vice President of Human Resources at Virtustream where she maintains global responsibility for performance management, benefits and compensation, training and development, and employee relations for the company. As a seasoned executive with 20 years of experience, Carolyn has led the strategic development, execution and management of global human resource teams for organizations ranging in size from small, private startups to large, public Fortune 500 firms.
Carolyn joins Virtustream from Texas Instruments (TI) where she was the Director of Human Resources for three business units spanning multiple sites across the U.S., Canada and India. In her role Carolyn led the talent acquisition, succession planning, compensation and performance management, and training for over 600 worldwide employees. Prior to her tenure at TI, Carolyn was the Human Resources Director for VoIP software provider, Telogy Networks, where she successfully created and implemented a human resources infrastructure and played an instrumental role in the sale of the company to Texas Instruments. Carolyn has also held human resources leadership roles at McDonald Bradley, a startup computer consulting company, and various government contracting and technology organizations.
Carolyn holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business and psychology from Towson University in Baltimore, as well as a Master of Science degree in business, with a concentration in human resources management, from the University of Maryland. She is an active member of the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM) and the Human Resources Planning Society (HRPS).